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#1 awg1011

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Posted 19 July 2006 - 08:59 PM

If I clone a primary HDD with Norton Ghost and a bit later my primary drive fails, can I just make the clone my primary and be able to boot from it and have my system just like it was the day I cloned it?

This is what I've always assumed, but I guess I'm not really sure.

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#2 Joshuacat

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Posted 20 July 2006 - 03:08 PM

Where are you cloning it to? Another hard disk, DVD, or an external drive? I always clone my drive -as an image file - to an external hard disk.

What version of Ghost are you using?
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Posted 20 July 2006 - 10:01 PM

I'm using Norton Gohst 2003.

I'm cloning it on to a second internal HDD and disconnecting it after it's done... Sorry, I should have made that clear.

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Posted 21 July 2006 - 09:18 AM

If you are ghosting the main disk to another physical drive, as you described, you should be recover from a failure from a physical disk crash, or another disk related issue. If you using the option to clone disk to disk, and you have a disk issue, you could swap the physical connections and be fully functional again.

Like I mentioned before, I use the disk to image file option, utilizing an external drive. I do this since I have a network full of computers that I need to make images of. To recover from an issue that I need to restore the Ghost image, I have to use the ghost boot disk.

With home computers, I would still suggest that data backups be done on a regular basis with a USB thumb drive, or DVD/CD(not using ghost). It really depends on how important you data is to you.

Hope that helps,
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Posted 21 July 2006 - 08:00 PM

Thanks Joshuacat,
I do backup important things on to CD, I just like the thought of being able to just plug in another HDD and have things back to the way they were if I do have a harddrive failure.

Thanks again. :thumbsup:




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